Hold my PSL – A Serious Guide to Fuel your Pumpkin Spice Addiction

Love it or hate it, pumpkin spice is the flavor of the fall. The cozy and warm flavoring rarely involves actual pumpkin but that won’t stop this big lie to be one of America’s obsessions.

According to the chicagoist article, “The Dark And Murky History Of Pumpkin Spice”, the earliest reference of this popular blend can be traced back to 1936. Published by the Washington Post , the “Pumpkin Spice Cakes” recipe was a very “appropriate dessert for a family dinner “ and most likely, had actual pumpkin listed as an ingredient, just like any other pumpkin-ish type desserts from that time. The 1950s marks the end of the Dark Ages – the “Pumpkin Pie Spice” blend is  released nationwide by the big spice companies. Life was good in 1996: puffy vests, baggy corduroys and the very first pumpkin spice flavored coffee were introduced to mankind. 2003 was the turning point of human evolution as the culture-bearing upright-walking, Homo sapiens, evolved to a distinctively and unexpected scientific subspecies; the Homo pumpkinus-sapiens was recognized by a scientific community off Main Street, shortly after Starbucks introduced the PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte) to primates.

So far this year, the pumpkin spice empire is worth a whopping $600 million. Are we ok with this? Absolutely. Do we have enough pumpkin spice products in life? No, we need more, but for now, let’s cherish the little we have.

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Sea Dragons, White Walkers and the Age of Heroes – How Game of Thrones Prequel is Set for Success

In the epic fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, the power struggle for the Iron Throne among the great Houses of Westeros, reveal a convoluted plot with fantastic elements. Martin’s storytelling ability offers a complex and ambiguous world that remains throughout the centuries – important points in the history of Westeros and Essos are highlighted in the narrative, shaping the actions and reactions of many characters. The Age of Heroes and the Targaryen Dynasty periods are exceptionally lore-rich, indulging readers into a world of magic, dragon riders, and extraordinary cliffhangers.

According to the official synopsis, HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel series will take place “thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. “ If done right, this spin-off has the potential to outshine Game of Thrones’ popularity. The new series will be shrouded in mystery but with many stories to tell.

If you didn’t read the books, you might be wondering what exactly the Age of Heroes is and what stories can unfold. Although the information on this particular period is limited, book references can give us an idea on what to expect in the upcoming series.

Are you ready for spoilers?

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Beauty Gurus – The YouTube Channels You Must Watch

Makeup is much more than conceal your dark circles and hide other imperfections, it’s considered an art form. For the last 5-7 years, the makeup industry suffered an exponential growth and significant improvements giving customers the opportunity of purchasing the effective cosmetics we all use and love today. Customers are more aware of the ingredients, therefore staying away from toxic chemicals. Makeup is not an exclusive routine for women these days – more men are also wearing makeup. This makeup boom just keeps growing and thanks to the internet, we can gather as much information before making the final decision in what product we should invest in.

YouTube’s beauty community is here to guide us and I’m here to share my favorite channels.

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The Ultimate Super Bowl Guide (for the Super Bowl Haters)

You are not into football but you feel somewhat excited about the Super Bowl – you have the commercials, the snacks, and the halftime show. Cooking is an important part of a successful Super Bowl party but also is drinking. The pantry is stocked up with cans of the golden wheat juice and yet, you don’t like beer – you want the real stuff. 30 minutes into the game and you’re already bored to tears. You ask yourself – “How will I survive this torture?” Fear not, football hater, I got your back.

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas – Geeky Lovers Edition

We are quickly approaching the time of the year where roses are red, violets are blue, to open your wallet and give your bae something new – Valentine’s Day is almost here. If you have plans of spoiling your loved one this year with a nice gift, hear me out – I have some great gift ideas for your geeky boyfriend or girlfriend. All of the gifts below have a wide price range, and they amazing, unique and super-duper cool. Let’s celebrate geek love!

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10 Makeup Tips Every Woman Should Know

If you are a makeup enthusiast or someone like me, that likes to wear the occasional natural makeup look, makeup tips and tricks are always welcome. I’m no beauty guru but I’ve learned a lot after spending hours of my free time experimenting and watching YouTube videos of famous makeup artists. The following tips have been part of my makeup routine for the last two years. They will drastically improve your finished look and keep your skin healthy.

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Best Upcoming Video Games of 2019

Get ready fellow geeks, gamers, and eSports enthusiasts because 2019 will be the best year yet for video games. Reinvented and rejuvenated, these 10 upcoming video games will make their mark in the history of console gaming since 2019 might be the last year for the current console generation. This is the year for gaming experience greatness!

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Artisan Soapers of North Carolina – Deck The Halls Edition

What better way to start your day than smelling your favorite scent or using a soap that actually cleans and makes your skin glow? The superior quality of a handcrafted soap is beneficial to your skin in many ways. Mass-produced store bought soaps contains a mixture of chemicals and additives that might be harmful to your skin while handmade soaps only contains a hand full of ingredients such as glycerin, oils, butters, juices, sodium hydroxide, fragrances, natural colorants, and locally grown ingredients: honey, beeswax, sugar, herbs, or nuts. The all-natural beauty bars also have antioxidants, vitamins, nutrients, and the right pH levels (9-10) that are essential to a healthy skin. Not only your body will benefit from using handcrafted soaps but you will also support small businesses and entrepreneurial artisans.

It won’t be hard to find a local soapery near you. This line of business has been trending for the last couple of years as people are becoming more aware of the benefits of all-natural and organic products. If you reside in the great state of North Carolina, please visit – in store or online – these fantastic shops I’m featuring below. If you are a little further away, you always can make your purchase online. These stores have a wide range of handcrafted soaps, great feedback from their customers, and a user friendly website that will give you an easy online and pleasant shopping experience.

Any of these one-of-kind products are the perfect stocking stuffers. Purchase a full set or a basket and gift it to your special friend, wife, or a coworker!

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Beauty Deals for Black Friday 2018

Urban Decay, MAC, Clinique, Lancôme, Tarte, and Bare Minerals are just a few of the great brands that you will be able to spot on the cosmetics deals for the 2018 Black Friday.Macy’s, Ulta and Sephora will be offering amazing deals on top-of-the-line brands. Belk is not too far behind but this year, Belk Beauty cosmetics line is taking the front stage for the best deals. If you are looking for a special fragrance, Macy’s and Belk will be your best bet. As you scroll below, you will find a variety of hair appliances, gift sets, and everything beauty-related. After turkey day, there is only one thing to do: shop ’til you drop. A good way to exercise too!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Gifts for Geeks and Nerds – Deck the Halls Edition

Fellow geeks and nerds of the w’rld, Christmas is coming! The gift-giving season is apace approaching and with less than 50 days hence until Christmas, it might be a valorous idea to start thy shopping or at least w’rk on thy list. If ‘t be true thee has a geek ‘r a nerd in thy life, this is the right gift list f’r thee. Delighteth yourself with these gl’rious treasures!

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